European Buddhists

Ven. Shravasti Dhammika has an interesting recent post about Europe’s native Buddhists. If you’ve never heard of the Kalmyks, well guess what: they’re also Tibetan Buddhists!

Kalmyk Buddhists

Western Buddhist literature is most likely to focus on majority-Buddhist regions of the world, such as Thailand and Burma, but there are in fact many countries where there are large Buddhist communities that constitute a very small minority. Situated not far from where the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held, Kalmykia is one such community.

One Reply to “European Buddhists”

  1. One of Denmark’s State church leaders has publicly ‘warned’ that those following various popular Buddhist practices may soon constitute the largest group in the population. This in spite of the theoretical membership of most Danes of the state-run church, financed by most Danes through an income tax charge, from which few opt out. This is perhaps because they want to maintain the churches that dot the landscape, and enjoy the cultural value of church history, without attending. In my experience Buddhism is widely respected and, it can be said, becoming ever more ‘popular’ = of the people, in an everyday sense.

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